This central Wellington project redeveloped the old Regent Theatre cinema complex in Cuba and Manners Streets into a state-of-the-art cooking school and hospitality training establishment for the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) and Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand, comprising about 5,150m² of refurbished space.

The project started with a complex demolition and re-piling sequence, as well as a substantial seismic upgrade of the remaining existing structure. This all needed to take place on a site with 100% coverage, in a busy area of the Wellington CBD.

We then fitted out the newly rejuvenated and strengthened four-storey building with seven state of the art teaching kitchens, a 100-seat training restaurant, demonstration kitchen/lecture theatre, training bar, cool and dry food stores, library, changing facilities and classrooms.

This project was built to an extremely demanding programme, with three separate client and architectural design teams (one for the base build and two for the fitouts), and coordinated structural and services packages.

The finished project is a credit to the collaborative way in which the Naylor Love team were able to combine all of these elements to ensure a minimum of fuss. We were proud to hand the superb end result over to the delighted client right on time.

“The project was completed on time despite a multitude of challenges, not the least being an evolving brief and a need for substantial value engineering as the project progressed.”
NZ Commercial Project Awards judging panel

Client: Regent Properties Ltd
Completed: August 2012
Awards: ​NZ Commercial Project Awards 2013, Gold in the Education category.


Education, Interiors / Fitout, Seismic, Sustainability, Wellington